One of gangland's biggest bosses suddenly starts having anxiety attacks because of past problems.
When he decides to see a shrink, what can he tell him without giving away the gang's secrets and reveal too much about his own situations?
Add to the fact that this type of individual is used to everyone catering to his whims and he expects the psychiatrist to do this whilst on vacation.
A vacation in which he is due to be married to Phoebe from Friends......
It's a high concept movie, De Niro sending up a role he's best known for, a crime boss, but playing it straight in an all out comedy, and thank The Lord that the gamble paid off.
Crystal excels as Sobel, the psychiatrist whom has a father complex, which is handy, because Vitti is suffering from his anxiety because of his fathers demise.
Ramis hasn't just made a funny comedy, he sends up a much loved genre, whilst showing a lot of respect, and to keep a gritty edge when necessary.
It never really goes slapstick, and when it does, for example the 'hit the pillow' scene, it flares slightly because the rest of the comedy is just written so well. De Niro is excellent, and unfortunately this film started a spate of De Niro comedies where he played the tough guy in a hilarious situation.
But it's highly original, Kudrow has never been better, and it's just a genuine pleasure to watch, because it's an intelligent comedy that doesn't need to rely on toilet humour to raise the laughs.
Shame about the sequel though....
Action / Comedy / Crime
Action / Comedy / Crime
Ben Sobol, Psychiatrist, has a few problems: His son spies on his patients when they open up their heart, his parents don't want to attend his upcoming wedding and his patients' problems don't challenge him at all. Paul Vitti, Godfather, has a few problems as well: Sudden anxiety attacks in public, a certain disability to kill people and his best part ceasing service when needed. One day, Ben unfortunately crashes into one of Vitti's cars. The exchange of Ben's business card is followed by a business visit of Don Paul Vitti himself, who wants to be free of inner conflict within two weeks, before all the Mafia Dons meet. Now, Ben Sobol feels somewhat challenged, as his wedding is soon, his only patient keeps him busy by regarding Ben's duty as a 24 hour standby and the feds keep forcing him to spy on Paul Vitti. And how do you treat a patient who usually solves problems with a gun?
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